JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2006
bottle: Given this beers rep. I was expecting a great deal. I was slightly disappointed. The pour was as expected, dark bleak black with a small thin head that quickly escapes. A nice resinous aroma with the darker fruits and malts all alone. But then the boom of hops and bitter comes crashing through in the taste. My hopes were let down in the lack of balance in the hop character. It’s not totally off the mark but was somewhat knagging especially in the finish. A good imperial stout but not a bullseye. bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Pours black with a smallish tan head.Aroma is a delightful blend of malt and raisin. Flavors are roasted malt with a definte hops presence. The alcohol is completely hidden by the other flavors. Finish is bitter, but not unpleasant. A very good Imperial, and a relative bargain. treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Very dark, almost chocolatey brown in appearance. This Russian Imperial stout does the genre proud by being stong, smooth & hoppy. The hop after-taste is strong, but not un-pleasantly so, & the overall flavor is very dark & almost sweet.
Fast becoming a favorite at $6.99/4-pack. dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Black with tan head. Sweet coffee aroma. Smokey roasted chocolate flavor with medium bitterness. Bitter finish lasted a while. jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Opaque black color with a huge tan head. Very creamy, tastes of coffee and chicory. A little more bitter than I would have expected, but a very fine beer.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Pours a dark black with a light brown head. A very robust roasted coffee, smoked aroma followed with a hint of chocolate. The flavor was rich with malt, and burnt coffee. I also tasted some whiskey laced onto the chocolate. It was a ncie beer indeed. almankin (10) - Crowley, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2006
A very strong stout for sure, I love the smell of coffee and chocolate. If it just tasted as good as it smells I would be an even happer man. SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2006
From Bottlewxman (1813) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Poured very dark, motor oil like. 1-inch thick creamy tan head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of strong coffee and malts, I felt like I just walked into Starbucks. Flavor like espresso...about 5 shots of it. Mild hops and an underlying caramel sweetness. Slight alcohol burn, though no alcohol was noticeable in the flavor. Carbonation good, tingly on my tounge. Nice balance of hops and malts as it warmed.
Dark, dark brown - - totally opaque with an expresso-like light brown head. Aroma is coffee and bitter chocoate. Burnt malt bitterness and coffee flavor dominate, but there is a caramel sweetness in there as well. This is a very good Imperial. Alcohol warms but doesn’t show in the taste. smcd (366) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
A fine example indeed. Rich. Intense. A huge palete. Fruity nose with almost no hops. Sweet maltiness predominates with a complex array of roastyness, astringent dryness, and semi-dried fruits (plums; dates; figs ... not raisny at all). Balanced by a wonderful bitterness that makes you forget the sweet alcohol lingering in the background and warming your tummy.